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Rumour: Man Utd make £84m Victor Osimhen transfer bid as they aim to beat Arsenal

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Manchester United are driving the race to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, as indicated by reports.

The 23-year-old has had a productive season with 16 goals in 28 appearances.

That has sparked interest in Osimhen from several clubs in the Premier League with United tabling an £84million bid, report La Repubblica.

The offer puts the Red Devils in a commanding position in the race to sign the Nigerian as it matches Napoli’s asking price – which no other club has managed.

Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in Osimhen and both have prioritised signing a striker in the summer, with Toon missing out on Benfica’s Darwin Nunez in January.

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United also want to sign Nunez and Erik ten Hag is keen to add a striker to his squad with Edinson Cavani set to leave.

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Erik ten Hag insists Man Utd will be ‘careful’ with Anthony Martial’s fitness

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed his plan to be ‘careful’ with Anthony Martial following his return to fitness, but has hinted at a major role for the Frenchman.

Despite posting a 23-goal season in 2019/20, Martial appeared to be at the end of the road for United when he joined Sevilla on loan in January after an 18-month spell yielding only eight goals.

With a change of manager came the chance of a fresh start, only for hamstring and Achilles issues to derail his first few weeks of the new campaign. But Martial showed promise with 45 minutes and an assist against Liverpool in August, before netting twice off the bench in the Manchester derby at the weekend and making the score-line slightly less embarrassing.

With Cristiano Ronaldo still out of favour and United otherwise lacking a proper ‘number nine’ in a sea of wide forwards, Martial is primed to become a key player once more…if he can stay fit.

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“We are happy he’s back. But we will take it careful, step by step, in a process to bring him back,” Ten Hag explained in a club media interview.

“He [has] played now almost a half, so 35 minutes, which is good, and now we have to extend that. But [we will do that] from game to game, and we have a lot of games to cover.”

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Martin Odegaard warns Arsenal face ‘difficult game’ against Bodo/Glimt

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Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has warned the Gunners not to underestimate Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday night, insisting Norwegian club football has improved in recent years following a drop in its level before that.

Bodo/Glimt are reigning Eliteserien champions and have made a strong start to the Europa League group stage, taking four points from games against PSV Eindhoven and Zurich thus far.

“They have always been a small club and they have often been between the first and second division in the Norwegian league. Sometimes up, sometimes down, but over the past few years they have been really strong,” Odegaard said in notes for Arsenal’s matchday programme, via Arsenal.com.

“They’ve made some great signings and they have an excellent coach too in Kjetil Knutsen. They have given him the time to work there and they have a very solid team now. The way they play the game, everyone knows the system and it has been working really well for them.”

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Norway had strong representation in the Champions League with Rosenborg in the 1990s and early 2000s, going as far as the quarter-finals in 1997. Brann and Valerenga also went deep in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup around the same time.

But Norwegian clubs were noticeably absent from the knockout stages of European competitions until Model’s Europa League runs in 2015/16 and 2020/21, while Bodo/Glimt got to the quarter-finals of last season’s Europa Conference League, losing to eventual champions Roma.

Odegaard, who burst onto the scene in Norway with Stromsgodset aged just 15 in 2014, discussed the fall and rise of Norwegian clubs in Europe.

“It has been a while since I was playing in Norwegian football, but I follow it still and I think over the last few years it has improved again,” the 23-year-old explained.

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“There was a drop in the quality for a few years, but now I feel like it’s getting better again. It’s more competitive now, and there are a few teams up there that can fight to win the title.

In the latest episode of The Chronicles of a Gooner, Harry Symeou is joined by Tom Canton from The Gooner Talk to preview Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Bodo/Glimt.

“There are some good young players coming through and the clubs have a bit more money now from playing European football and selling players on.

“Obviously there isn’t quite the same quality as we have here in the Premier League, but there’s no doubt that Norwegian football is stronger than it was and we will face a difficult game tonight.”

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Why Harvey Elliott is refusing to rely on help from Liverpool’s senior players

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Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott has revealed he doesn’t want to rely on help from his older Reds team-mates, insisting he is ‘not a kid anymore’.

With Thiago, 31, and Jordan Henderson, 32, both suffering with injuries this season, teenage Elliott has started the majority of his club’s matches so far this season.

At the age of 19, he’s comfortably the youngest first-team regular in what is just his second season as a permanent member of the senior Liverpool squad following a loan at Blackburn in 2020/21.

But while Elliott is happy to take some advice from his more experienced teammates, he’s keen not to rely on their help too much, saying he should be old enough by now to solve his own problems.

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“They put their arm around me and give me a helping hand if needed but at the same time I need to solve my own problems and I need to deal with it myself like a man,” he said.

“I am not a kid anymore, so I need to have that authority and make sure I stamp things out.

“If there are things I need to improve on then I need to improve on them and for me it’s just about making sure I do what I can do to get in the team and cement my spot.

“Everyone needs to be ready, fully confident, motivated and ready to go out and play because, at the end of the day, we’re going to need everyone. I feel fully confident and motivated.”

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With Henderson and Thiago now fit again, Elliott, who was on the bench against Rangers in the Champions League this week, will have to keep performing well when he is given chances if he wants to regularly be in the starting XI going forward.



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